Christian Ponder is the new starting quarterback, the team is 1-5, and the season is seemingly lost. While the latter is not necessarily true, nothing short of an 8-2 finish will give the Vikings even a tiny chance at the playoffs.
While the team has shown flashes of brilliance, there have also been glaring holes on the roster revealed in the first part of this season. With the trade deadline having already passed and the free agency pool being picked dry, the Vikings next good opportunity to add talent won't come until next April's draft.
It may be too early to consider the draft but then again you can be sure the scouts have been analyzing this years prospects for a several months already. With a draft that seems deep in all of the right places for the Vikings, a good draft this year could turn the team around as soon as next season.
With Christian Ponder getting a chance at some early experience, he can work out some kinks before next year when the team gets a clean slate. Surrounding him with talent could allow the Vikings to compete with the all-too-powerful Green Bay Packers, the suddenly amazing Detroit Lions, and the surprisingly underrated Chicago Bears as soon as 2012.
While every draft pick will be important, it goes without saying that the first pick will be crucial. There's no way to know who's on the Vikings real wish list, but knowing that the Vikings like to draft the best player available and that there are certain glaring needs that the team will try to address, we can guess at a top 20.